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Last week as we celebrated Father’s Day it struck me that it has been 48 years since we lost our father to cancer when he was just 55. So much of my life was spent without him that I confess many milestones passed when he did not enter my thoughts nor did I have any…

One Thousand Tiny Pieces

It was so lovely to be sent survival gifts from our children to help us through the long days of quarantine. One of those packages included a one thousand piece puzzle. It had been years since I had worked on one and I am not sure of the last time my husband tried to put…

Days of Wine and Quarantine

I read recently that during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and subsequent quarantine Ernest Hemingway was quarantined with his wife, their son… and his mistress. Six weeks into our own quarantine, that story made me wonder. How on earth could anyone get through this if they were isolated with a person they were angry with…

Fortune Cookie

Planning for the next stage of life, in my case, retirement, is a much steeper learning curve then I had ever anticipated. It’s not just enough to have plans for what you want to do, in my case writing and traveling or maybe writing about traveling, you also need to learn how to pay for…